Jan 22, 2013 2:46pm
"If youth, throughout all history..."
Folks, I've just come out of re-scanning the ultimate American lipogram--all on my own! All 50,100+ words and 267 pages of it!
The original 1939 Wetzel edition of Gadsby
, Ernest Vincent Wright's 1939 novel without an "e", is coming soon to the Internet Archive (and then Wikisource
deals with life and love in a sleepy and off-the-beaten-path community called Branton Hills, which a resident churchman in his fifties does his best to reinvigorate with the help of its youngsters. These efforts win him a spot as Mayor of the newly-expanded city--along with a few cynics, grouchy old Councilman Bill Simpkins among them.
After reading a Google+ post
by Guy Kawasaki
back in August, I planned to fetch a copy at New York's Public Library--but to no avail. While I prepared a new edition and brought it back at Amazon.com's Kindle Store (by way of the Wikisource page), I had to count on the Silas Bronson Library to deliver the original Wetzel via interlibrary loan. (For those outside this part of New England, Bronson's located in downtown Waterbury, CT.)
Forget hunting this baby down with US$4,000 to spare. I'm finally bringing this home in a day or two! (And I even had to get a photo taken to prove it.)
Through my Constitution imprint, I've put out an Amazon-exclusive Kindle edition
. To accompany the original text, I wrote a behind-the-scenes essay entitled Skipping Fifth
. (A tale of not only Wright's efforts, but also of Georges Perec and a similar work, La disparition
[a.k.a. A Void
No one's paid such an obscure author like Mr. Wright so much respect...until I came into the picture. And by Jove, I've only just begun.
Well, I'd better get going with another scanning project: that of From Then Till Now
, James Barnes' 1936 autobiography.
In the meantime, look for the special edition of Gadsby
on sale at Amazon's Kindle Store:www.amazon.com/dp/B009NH9RGE
Cost: Just two dollars. (That's a lipogram.)
And visit me at Google+: http://gplus.to/routhwick
. Hashtag: #WhatLiesAground.
Take care, archivists. Diè wåde!
P.S. Sorry if I double-posted because of that message that reads, "Error: No forum selected for posting
". I wonder why this happens?
This post was modified by Routhwick on 2013-01-22 19:05:22
This post was modified by Routhwick on 2013-01-22 22:46:30